| Director||Anurag Kashyap|
| Music||Piyush Mishra|
| Writer||Raja Chaudhary, Anurag Kashyap, Rahul Maharya|
| Release Date||13-Mar-2009|
| Cast||Kay Kay Menon, Mahi Gill, Aditya Shrivastava, Piyush Mishra, Deepak Dobriyal, Ayesha Mohan, Raja Chaudhary, Abhimanyu Singh, Jesse Randhawa|
Gulaal directed by Anurag Kashyap is entangled with stories of student politics, a covertly taking shape local rebellion for an independent Rajputana stare and love taking it forward. In other words we can say that the director tried to tell multiple stories in one film. One is student politics, a saprate state of Rajputs, and and intense love story that has an unfortunate end.
The story goes like this, Dileep [Raj Singh Chaudhary] comes to Jaipur to study. There he gets caught in the whirlpool of student politics. Then, he comes in contact with Rananjay Singh Ransa [Abhimanyu Singh], Jadwal [Pankaj Jha], Anuja [Jesse Randhawa], Dukey Bana [Kay Kay Menon] and Kiran [Ayesha Mohan].
Dukey Bana convinces Ransa to contest the college elections on behalf of the Rajputana party; Ransa and Kiran battle it for General Secretary's post. The rivalry between the two gangs intensifies and Ransa is forced to withdraw, which he resists. Eventually, this leads to his murder by Karan [Aditya Srivastav]. Dileep is compelled to contest elections in Ransa's place and made to win.
After losing the elections Kiran tries winning Dileep's trust, gets close to him and pretends to fall in love. As he tries to fit into the shoes of the General Secretary an insecure Dileep gets emotionally dependent on Kiran and distance grows between him and Anuja. Dileep finds himself trapped in political maneuvers and realizes that this is not what he had wanted. It dawns on him that he is being used by Dukey; when Dileep confronts Dukey, he is faced with the horrifying truth!
In the end, it turns out to be a love story gone wrong. Where the girl uses the boy to plan her moves and the boy, surprisingly, is not able to see the devious her. He loses his mind and goes off on a killing spree.
Performance wise, Kay Kay Menon once again has proved himself. He is imressive. Raj Singh Chaudhary is talented. Aditya Srivastava has done well. Piyush Mishra is fine. Abhimanyu Singh left a mark. Ayesha Mohan is superb. Mahi Gill is okay. Deepak Dobriyal is good. Pankaj Jha is effective. Jesse Randhawa has not got so much to do.
On the whole, Gulaal is something that is extremely relatable, especially for today's youth. This is thought-provoking and has the power to engage you at various points of the narrative. The film though has Anurag's now trademark abstractness at times, it is not as incomprehensible as it was in No Smoking or in Dev D, it is worth a watch.